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Dawn Fowler

Dawn Fowler, LMSW


Dr. Dawnovise (Dawn) Fowler, LMSW, is a breast cancer survivor and former TurningPoint client. Through her company, the Vow of Wellness, LLC., Dr. Fowler is looking forward to developing new programs and advancing existing services to meet the psychosocial support and emotional wellness needs of TurningPoint’s clients.

Dr. Fowler is a graduate from Spelman College with a B.A. degree in Economics. She earned her MSW from The University of Chicago, and Ph.D. in Social Work from Howard University. Prior to joining CDC, Dr. Fowler was an assistant professor in social work and taught graduate-level coursework, including human/organizational behavior theory, social justice, and research for clinical practice. Dr. Fowler has previously served as the principal and co-investigator on projects funded by the NIH’s Institutes on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Dell Corporation. She has led various programs and projects related to trauma and violence for over 20 years.

In 2011, Dr. Fowler joined CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention in the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control as a Behavioral Scientist. She served as Team Lead for CDC’s national Rape Prevention and Education Program since 2014. Dr. Fowler contributed a program scan regarding CDC’s efforts with U.S. colleges and universities to the First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students on Sexual Assault. She also developed a federal inter-agency project between CDC, DOJ/OVW, and NIJ to conduct a campus-based sexual assault climate survey for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Dr. Fowler served as project lead for CDC’s campus sexual assault prevention action planning project in partnership with the American Public Health Association (APHA). In 2022, she became the Chief of the Community Engagement Science and Interventions Section in the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR/CDC).

Dr. Fowler has presented at national/international conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals. Her diverse skill set and expertise have resulted contributions to program management, leadership, evaluation and research, teaching, and training. Dr. Fowler’s professional interests include a trauma-informed approach to public health and service delivery, health equity for high-risk and underserved communities, diverse/inclusive workforce development, and effective program implementation, evaluation, and leadership.

In her leisure time, Dr. Fowler enjoys spending time with her awesome daughters and family, community service, yoga and fitness, and baking her grandmother’s recipe homemade pound cake recipe for family and friends.